Wanda Sue (Booker) Blair


Wanda Sue (Booker) Blair, 73, a resident of Columbus, Indiana, passed from this life at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Wanda was born in Seymour, Indiana, December 19, 1948, the daughter of Benny and Mary Lou Brown Booker.

Wanda was a 1967 graduate of Seymour High School. Wanda was a former employee of Cummins Engine Company; however, she will be remembered as being a laundry attendant for many years at The Ringer on Lafayette Avenue and later at The Hourglass Laundry on Cottage Avenue.

Wanda was a member of the Bartholomew County NAACP and she was a sports enthusiast. She was a basketball fan and a huge fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels. She enjoyed crocheting and reading and spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids and going to their activities.

Wanda is survived by her spouse of 48 years, Gerald Long of Columbus; daughter, Rani (Booker) Elkins of Columbus; grandchildren, Amber (Christina) Booker of Columbus, Keith (Erica) Taylor Jr. of Columbus, Khendra (John) Taylor of Louisville, and Kyle (Andrea) Taylor of Indianapolis; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Booker of Columbus; brother, Fred “Butchie” (Danette) Booker of Seymour; best friend, Sherri Hanna of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; niece, Jennifer Booker; great-niece, Kynesha (Booker) Martin; and great-nephews, Donavan and Marcus Booker.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Barkes, Weaver &Glick Funeral Home, 1029 Washington Street in Columbus; the Reverend Larry Rowe will officiate. A live stream of the funeral service will be available at barkesweaverglick.com.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

In keeping with Wanda’s wishes, cremation will take place following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.